Getting Started

FW Gallery tutorial for Joomla!
Joomla! 3.9.x, 4.x

Free responsive media file gallery (images, video, audio) with drag & drop files upload, multi-level sub-categories, tags, slideshow, Instagram and FTP import and many other add-ons.

Current version: 6.6.0
Release date: 16 June 2021
Requires:
  • or higher

All Features

Responsive Photo Gallery
Mobile friendly layouts for best performance and look on any device.
Images Batch Upload
Fast and handy files management with batch upload feature.
Multi-level Galleries Hierarchy
Unlimited levels of galleries to build required folders tree.
Images rotate
Rotate manually images if camera rotation is not rendered correctly.
Watermark protection
Protect images from unauthorized usage on other websites or media.
Social share buttons
Allow your visitors to share on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest.
Galleries list view
Top level gallery view with all galleries included as a sub-folder. No images in this view.
Single gallery view
A gallery with any number of sub-galleries and images included in a current.
Item view
Single photo layout with its display settings and options.
Gallery display settings
Configure galleries grid, number per page and ordering. Show/hide empty galleries
Item display settings
Configure images display grid, number per page and ordering.
Menu item settings
Define specific gallery and image settings via menu item options.
Default gallery image
Select default preview image among the images in a gallery.
Item details
Set image name, owner, upload date, description, copyright note. Choose what is shown.
Gallery details
Set gallery name, owner, create date and description. Choose what is shown.
Quick categories
Create category tree with subcategories in a text window in minutes.
Batch operations
Move files, change owner, access level, copyright or add tags to selected files in one go.
The fastest way to get FW Gallery working

Setting up FW Gallery on your Joomla! website is a very simple and straightforward process.

Here are the topics covered in this manual:

  • Downloading free component
  • Installing on Joomla!
  • Basic configuration
  • Verifying account
  • Understanding Add-ons concept
  • Support & documentation
Downloading free component

FW Gallery is a free Joomla! component with no limits in number of categories or files. You can always find the latest version on our website at FW Gallery product page . Take your time to explore product page as it contains a lot of helpful information on the product.

Find a big yellow Download button and hit it. If you are on top of the page you will be taken to a download section and you will need to hit Download button one more time. The same yellow big button.

Downloading FW Gallery will require a registration at fastw3b.net or login, if you already have an account. We ask to register to allow further free update from Dashboard section of your component and very easy add-ons installation later on from Dashboard section of FW Gallery component right on your website.

In Order Details section on download page you will see product info, a list of free add-ons that come with the product on the right and a link to Terms & Conditions.

After clicking the final big yellow download button you will be able to download a file and store it on your local computer.

Download complete! Now you have an installation ZIP archive file on your computer. Let's move on to installation.

Installing on Joomla!

If you followed previous Downloading free component part carefully you have a ZIP FW Gallery file ready to install. The process is no different from any other Joomla! extension installation. Follow the steps below:

  1. Open Joomla! Administration panel in a browser. Usually it is your website + /administrator/ in URL.
    Example: https://joomlawebsite.com/administrator/
  2. In Admin Main Menu go to Extensions -> Manage -> Install.
  3. Select Upload Package File tab if not selected.
  4. Drag & Drop FW Gallery installation file or click Or browse for file button to locate the file on a hard drive to launch installation process.

When installation is complete you will see a message from Joomla!, reporting your installation was successful.

Basic configuration

Before you start filling your website with actual data 2 things we recommend you to do:

  1. Go to Extensions -> FW Gallery -> Dashboard and make sure Quick Check section is green, telling you that all important folders exist and writable.
  2. In Extensions -> FW Gallery -> Settings set a currency you will be adding your price in. This setting is not critical, but if you plan specifying for the prices you should do it there. Can be done later.

Detailed overview of every FW Gallery section in Admin panel can be found in Main Component manual.

Verifying a website

Verification is a very important step! It will allow you to update component and install add-ons in one click, see new versions available, check new paid and free add-ons, manage subscriptions and use support.

Verification block can be found on every FW Gallery Admin section on the top of a side menu.

You will be asked to add your unique Access Code from Client Section at fastw3b.net website.

Once your account is verified you will be able to:

  1. Download and install all purchased/free add-ons.
  2. See when add-on and component update is available and install it in one click (if allowed).
  3. See all new add-ons in Admin -> Add-ons section of your component.
  4. Manage subscriptions right from your website's Dashboard section in Admin panel.
  5. Use verified website to report a bug in Fastw3b Ticket Support system.
Non-verified accounts are not eligible for any support according to our Terms & Conditions
Understanding Add-ons concept

FW Gallery is a free Joomla! component with free and paid add-ons. Add-on is a very important element of Fastw3b product eco system. It allows flexibility to use only those features every website needs saving budget and time configuring through numerous features one may not need.

Add-on is any FW Gallery specific Module, Plugin or Design. Disregarding the fact they are packed as standard Joomla! extensions and can be installed via standard installation process, any of these add-ons will have no use without FW Gallery component. That is why we came up with a specific word "Add-on" for all these product specific extensions.

A type of add-on is always specified in Add-ons section in Admin panel on your website.

It doesn't matter if you buy add-ons from your component's Admin Add-ons section or our website. These transactions are equal and will reflect in your account the same way. All paid add-ons come as subscriptions for 30 days or 12 months.

You must verify your website before you can make any purchases from it.

We came up with 30 days option because some websites need a quick and cheap solution. Sometimes it may be good for testing purposes while developer is not sure if solution will work with other products on a website.

12 months subscription allows you to download updates any time within a year and get access to full support. Yearly subscription costs at least 250% cheaper comparing to monthly option. We encourage you to get yearly subscriptions and enjoy all benefits of new releases and exceptional support.

You can always test all add-ons on our FW Gallery demo website, including admin section which is also available for testing.
Documentation, demo & support

Every product has its own documentation section, demo website and support. While development is a never-ending process we try our best to keep documentation and demo synced and actual to current development state.

Most of the job is being done while we develop and test new releases. From the other hand our tests are limited to our imagination and environment we test in. Sometimes, receiving your questions in Ticket Support, we hear of new ways to use features we never thought of using this way. Sometimes we discover how some specific hosting environments may affect our product performance. It also happens when we miss some bugs and release them in new versions after fixing other parts of the product. But as soon as problem is discovered we release an update as soon as we can.

Our Ticket Support system is part of our subscription for all our customers disregarding of number add-ons you use or technical level you have. If you can't find any information or feel puzzled please don't hesitate to contact us and we will assist with any your questions about our product and add-ons.